The Adventures of Oliver Twist
Ticknor and Fields, 1866
At the heart of Charles Dickens's second novel, first published in 1838, is a story as much about crime and poverty as it is about justice and charity. Orphaned at birth, Oliver Twist grows up under the loveless, relentless watch of a workhouse. He runs away with hopes for a better life in London, only to become--at the hands of the unforgettable Artful Dodger--a guileless pawn in a gang of pickpockets and robbers working for Fagin, one of Dickens's most controversial villains. Full of ingenious plot twists, at turns thrilling, tragic, tender, and sharp-eyed, The Adventures of Oliver Twist is among Dickens's most enduring classics.
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Really great book!
There are no problems with me when I read the book.
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It took extra thinking to process what was going on but I loved the storyline. I’m happy that Oliver’s story ended happily. I think that this story can open people’s eyes to what they have. I do think it was too easy that it was Mr. Brownlow that the boys randomly selected to steal from. Also, it was easy that they randomly decided to steal from the Maylies. They somehow chose to steal from Oliver’s family members. That is one thing that could have been written differently, in my opinion. Also, I noticed when I read the book that Dickens referred to Fagin as “a Jew”, or “the Old Jew” several times in the story. This doesn’t offend me personally, but I could see where Jews might be offended. It seems that Dickens is labeling Jews as villains. Overall, I think that the book was really thought out and written well. The details were very descriptive. Sometimes I felt like it was too descriptive, but I don’t really think that is a negative. I enjoyed the book and I think it was worth reading.